eMusic Review 0
Largely forming out of the conservatory world, this alternative bluegrass five-piece have all the instrumental chops of a classical chamber group. "When I First Came to this Country," an eMusic exclusive non-album track, perfectly highlights both Crooked Still's deftness and restraint. Over a rollicking banjo line, vocalist Aoife O'Donovan sweetly sings a tale of crossing seas and borders for a new life. Her voice, a pillow-ier take on Gillian Welch's high harmonies, are at the core of the tune's lush feel.